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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,007 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,007
Reviews: 1,539
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 210
Gots: 214 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
9 Ingredients:
Malts: Northwest Harrington & Klages, Crystal 135-165 & Beeston Chocolate, Rolled Oats & Roasted Barley.
Hops: Cascade.
Yeast & Water: Rogue's Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

15º PLATO
69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond

(Beer added by: Cyberkedi on 01-30-2001)
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Photo of Phatz
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is truly near perfection for the style, a fantastic American Stout. Wow, what a treat.

Appearance: This beer pours a dark black with a 2 finger brown head that is thick and creamy.

Smell: Dark-semi sweet chocolate and a slight hint of coffee. There is also a bit of toastedness coming through the malts.

Taste: Similar to the smell there is a toasted semi-sweet chocolate taste, (black), subtle (not-overpowering) hints of coffee and dark fruits. It is a very balanced taste; sweet and mild bitter to make a near perfect (quaffable) flavor and the aftertaste leaves a very pleasant sweetness lingering on your tongue. Very nice!

Mouthfeel: Just thick enough to be full (aided by the big flavor), but it has a medium body and mild stickiness. The finish is a bit crisp.

Drinkability: This is one of the most drinkable stouts I have come across to date. I highly recommend trying this one! Truly a fantastic beer. Hats off to Rouge!


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Photo of bennetj17
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- very dark and coffeelike, minimal head retention

Smell - rich and chocolatey, faint coffee

Taste - toasty, coffee, but only mildly sweet, has a distinct dryness, almost like a wine.

Mouthfeel - average thickness compared to other stouts, smooth with medium carbonation

Drinkability - a good after dinner drink, I would have it again

Photo of ElGordo
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark black topped by a one-finger creamy tan head. Aroma of rich roasted malt, chocolate, espresso, and a touch of briny peat. Palate is dominated by dark roasted malt, accented by coffee, molasses, chocolate, with the lurking presence of amarillo hops poking through towards the finish. Body is simply luxurious - rich, creamy, and damn near perfect. I could drink this all night.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A-This beer pours a deep silky black body with a brown creamy head. There carbonation at the rim of the glass is rigorous enough to keep the head going.

S- The smell of dark slightly sweet black malt and some hints of dark chocolate has a faint earthiness to it.

T- The nice flavor or roasted dark malts is smooth and has a slight sour note to it from the oatmeal. The finish has a slight tangy flavor with a soft hint of hop bitterness. Notes of dark roasted coffee come through as it warms.

M-This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a fizz flavor mixed with some silky texture. There is a very faint alcohol warmth in the finish as it warms.

D- This is a very good stout, which focuses on the malts and the hops are just for support. Very smooth and nice to drink but it still has good complexity and character.

Photo of maggotbrain
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is deep black with a medium tan head. The head has died down to a thin film and there is some spotty lacing on the glass.

I smell a bit of chocolate and coffee.

The main flavor is a rich roasted flavor reminiscent of dark chocolate and coffee. This dominant flavor is perfectly blended with a citrus hoppiness. An excellent balance leading to a very, very good beer.

The mouthfeel is very appropriate for the style—a bit thick with a medium level of carbonation.

This beer is a pleasure to drink, so full of flavor and rich—just wonderful.

Photo of bultrey
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this so many times, but never reviewed it... don't know what made me decide to finally do so - maybe it was the mild night air that inspired me when I had this on draft at the Rogue Public House in SF.
This remains one of the hoppiest non-imperial stouts around, which gives this a flavor unlike any other. Delicious chocolate and nut tones are present up front, followed by a bracing hop bitterness that extinguishes the sweetness... but no to be outdone, the nutty, burnt, grain husk flavor re-emerges in the finish, beckoning you to take another sip.
An absolute classic.

Photo of bigbubba
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a very dark oily beer with a creamy dark tan head. The smell is of dark chocolate and vanilla. The taste is very good, very dry and a bit bitter, not as sweet as I had expected. The mouthfeel is very smooth with good body. The carbonation is light. It is a very drinkable beer.

Photo of sinistrsam
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A little thicker than other Stouts I've had, this was a very dark black/brown with a very small head. No retention whatsoever on the glass. I can only describe the appearance as "creamy", if that makes sense; just as I described the Sam Smith's as watery. The aroma was wonderful, very dark fruit, malts, yeast, chocolate. Then I tasted it. The balance of really good ingredients and subtleties of flavor made this beer excellent in my mind. It started off with a sweet, dark fruit taste, hints of yeast, malt, chocolate and mild caramel faded into oatmeal. I definitely wasn't expectin the oatmeal but it only grew more intense as the glass warmed. It was smooth and creamy, warming and the bottom of the glass was as tasty as the first sip. Excellent brew.

Photo of Dukeofearl
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice deep motor oil black (but not quite as thick) with a very pretty tan head on top. And from the first smell, I can tell this is going to be a good one!

Aroma is wonderful roasty malt that just fills up my nose. Round and mellow smokiness.

Flavor is roasty goodness, almost charcoal, dry, astringent, with a bitter chocolate end. This is one nice beer.

Mouthfeel is much more full than most commonly available stouts, although still thin in comparison to the big Imperial Stouts.

Photo of Frozensoul327
4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Yes, this is where it's at. The best American Stout I have ever had. Pours out to a deep onyx, with a dark brown colored head of about 1/2 inch. Medium level of carbonation, but still higher than what's found in most American Stouts. Smell is heavenly; aromas of roasted malts and sweetended milk chocolate. Wonderful. Taste is full and delicious. Flavors of rich malts, sweet cocoa and chocolate, mild dark fruits, and a tame yeast element. Hints of wood and earth are also noted. Phenominal. Mouthfeel is smooth and exceptionally creamy. Drinkability is very high; even though this is thick and full bodied, this could be a daily brew for me in the winter months. World Class, and highly recommended.

Photo of Possumlad
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured pitch black with a 1/2" head (room temperature); substantial, almost sticky in the mouth, with a lasting presence even after swallowing. Aroma could have been stronger, but the taste more than made up for it. Woody Roasted Malt first, followed by dark chocolate and coffee. Wonderful all around. I'd have a second, and maybe third, in a single sitting.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle(room temp) with a huge head that dimished some but stayed throughout. The colour is the perfect black that you'd expect from a stout.

The smell is of roasted malt but it's by no means a strong aroma.

The taste is of wonderful roasted malt with chocolate notes also well represented and that combination makes for a very drinkeable beer.

This is one hell of a great stout and is one of my favourite brews of *any* style. Find it. Buy it. Enjoy it.

Photo of Matthew
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out of the bottle a very dark brown/black color with a medium sized brownish bubbley head. The head slowly shrinks to a nice frothy covering over the top of the beer.
Aromas are not overpowering but very pleasant. Nice earthy roasted type flavors with a sweetness that reminds me of some chocolate stouts.
Incredibley smooth. Much better than I had expected. Nice smooth roasted malt flavors that blend into an earthy oat type flavor. The finish is of slightly bitter/floral hops. This stout is sweeter tasting than most but the sweetness really goes well with the other flavors in this brew especially the creamy character.
The mouthfeel is thinner and not as sticky as some stouts and the carbonation is minimal.
This is a great stout. Goes well with sweets.

Photo of MSchae1017
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer was tasted in a Pint Glass from the 22 oz. bottle.

The bottle pours a completely opaque black into the glass with ample head that holds nicely and laces beautifully down the entire glass. The beer has a great sweet smell to it with strong roasted malts. The beer tastes wonderfully of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts. As it roams your mouth it feels thick and creamy and the carbonation is exceptional. Overall I could drink this beer all day, all night, for the rest of my life.

Photo of HugoGrim
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into an imperial pint.

Jet black in body with a dark khaki head. The head was gone as soon as it appeared, but was nice while it lasted. No red light coming through like a lot of other stouts.

Scent is roasted oats and coffee with hints of chocolate.

Flavor is intense to say the least. Rich malty base with a spicy/acidic hoppy kick. Espresso bitterness with hints of slight chocolate sweetness.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black in color with a copper and tan creamy head that left spotty lacing. Smelled of smokey earthy coffee, some alcohol and hazelnut. Tastes of smokey campfire, roasted marshmallows and coffee with a nutty sweetness in the finish. Exhaling through the nose brings out a smokey maple campfire. Mouth feel is thin that compliments the flavor well. I’m getting the feeling that I should try this one by the side of a campfire next time.

Photo of NolanGTI
4.93/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite stouts in the world. Beautiful black pour with a 1 finger head that sticks aroud for awhile. This beer looks like someone smeared carbonated milk chocolate on your beer, just a gorgeous head.

The nose is all over the chocolate spectrum, just outstanding. I honestly believe you could trick people with a sweet tooth into trying this just based on the smell.

This is what a stout should taste like. great mouthfeel, not too carbonated but not watery, just perfect. Nice roasted malt with chocolate dominate the falors in this classic.

Photo of beernightscout
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

What a wonderful beer. Comes in 22 oz. size only, as far as I can tell. Pours black, with a big head for a stout. Smells great: coffee, chocolate, smoke, and a sweetness your nose can detect. And it tastes like it smells and is quite sweet, though it's thinner than I expected, thinner than Guiness. If it was thick, it'd be a perfect, if expensive, every day beer. $5 at Armanetti on Lincoln just south of Addison. Say hi to Dave.

Photo of nlmartin
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from the bomber into the pub glass.

Appearance: Poured a very good blackness with minimal ruby opaqueness to light. The head was a nice toffee coloration about an inch high.

Smell: Smells of burnt caramel and roasted coffee goodness.

Taste: The roasted barley and oats greeted my taste buds initially; however, the finish of coffee and chocolate lingered. Nicely malted and hopped.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: Dam I was surprised. I am not much of a rogue fan to begin with. This beer had a medium body. Over all a very tasty and drinkable beer.

Photo of wl0307
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this bottle from the UTOBEER beer stall in the Borough Market, London. No freshness info. is given on the bottle.

A: in a goblet it pours a nearly black hue with a fluffy, thin, dark brownish beer head after force-pouring; leaving quite fine but uneven lace along the way.
S: sweetish dark malts, intense and rich, with a profound chocolatey aroma more like a chocolate porter, also slightly woody and earthy, on the backdrop of delicious, dark fruity and citrusy hops. Overall the nose is refreshingly malty and aromatic, but not as roasty as I'd expect of a stout and slightly too sweet for me.
T: hitting the palate upfront is immense flavour of roasted barley along with a smooth texture of oats--the smokiness and roastiness is reminiscent of French roast coffee beans, with a slightly sweet edge of darkest chocolates, milled multi-grains, some hints of charred woodchips and deeply earthy flavour creeping deep down the palate. The bitterness from roasted barley intensifies but never to the unbearable extent, and it's gradually softened by the soft texture of oats and a smooth sweetness from the dark malts, maintaining a creamy smooth texture on the palate, leaving a slightly dark chocolatey, earthy and herbal bittersweet aftertaste lingering forever~~
M: despite full-bodied and rich-flavoured, the mouthfeel manages to remain quite soft and balanced actually, not like Rogue's own Russian Imperial Stout which is a bit too rough and sharp on the palate when consumed too young. And the flavour is so different from the suggestion of the nose, and fortunately so, leaving behind much sweetness which I don't like.
D: This stout is most different from all the English and Irish stouts I've tried, and more interesting and ''bold", but not as formidable as elegant for that matter. I'm really deeply impressed by this American stout, especially given that I missed the chance to try it on cask when working at the BSF bar in GBBF 05, though I did nick a quarter of a pint of Rogue's Chocolate Stout on cask which is immensely delicious as well. I'm gonna buy more of Rogue's dark ales whenever I see any! Good stuff.

Photo of goschool
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The tan/light brown head sticks around forever on this beer's black body. The nose is roasty, the flavor is roasty. Roasty and burnt, with coffee, semi-sweet and dark chocolate up front, fallowed by sweet chocolate and a crisp hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is lively, drinkability is sooo high.

"I would give all my fame for a pot of ale..." -- Henry V

Photo of budsboy
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark shade of nothingness. Deep tan head. Sticky.

Smells of roasted malt, earthy, chocolate and espresso. Also a tangy hop aroma.

Rich, malty backbone with a bitter espresso finish that lasts all day it seems. A clean hop flavor is still in there. Mmmm-good.

Full bodied and clean, no grit, no oil.

On the bitter side of the stout spectum, dark malt bitterness. Would be fantastic with a nice hunk of beef.

Photo of wingnutter
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black black black, with a creamy brown head. What a great looking stout.

Smells a bit hoppy with a nice, rich coffe aroma.

Tastes delicious. Pineyness fades into creamy coffee/chocolate smoothness. Dry powdered chocolate/slightly bitter aftertaste that fades quickly, making me want another drink.

Full, rich, mouthfeel. Chewy. This is the beer Guinness wishes it was.

Great drinkability. Highly recommended for stout lovers.

Photo of BadBadger
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a rather fine stout. It ours a very nice dark color. The head was extensive, a tannish color, and relatively long lasting. The smell was certainly pleasant, with hints of the nice malts contained within. The taste was good, being nicley balanced, with leanings towards the malts: with the relatively low alcohol content the flavors were nic ey unmasked. The mouthfeel was a bit weak but certainly not dissapointingly so. I certainly recommend this stout. Enjoy!

Photo of ddellarocca
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Without being as weak as Guiness, the scores I gave for taste and drinkability are about the highest I will ever give a stout. I am not much of a stout drinker, but I definitely gained new respect for the name "stout". After drinking too many creamy, almost fluffy, stouts, I had forgotten how deep a beer's flavor can go. The bouquet was perfect and, even though it didn't fit my tastes, the flavor was very diverse, hitting the normal chocolate and coffee a stout brings, but also hiding a hint of honey. Definitely the highlight of my night.

Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 3,007 ratings.